[time-nuts] FE-5680A heat sink

Leigh L. Klotz, Jr WA5ZNU Leigh at WA5ZNU.org
Tue Jun 9 21:51:02 EDT 2009

Thank you for this point.  I've seen Mu metal competitors but I can't 
tell what the case is made from.
Pretty much everybody I've seen on this has had to make some kind of 
allowance for getting the RF out.
I drilled a hole for an SMA connector and had it exit on the digital 
half of the chassis (not the "physics" half), as they're separated by a 
very large bar, perhaps brass.  It has a few ways to get wires through, 
but it didn't seem to be a good idea.

The SMA is a jumper I bought on eBay from a Chinese manufacturer, with 
an IPX connector on one end and the SMA bulkhead on the other.
Hirose U.Fl and IPX are said to be compatible, but it didn't look like 
it wanted to stay down, so I tacked a wire to the head of the IPX 
connector put a brass 2-54 nut on a nearby post to ensure mechanical 
connection.  I think this is better than soldering open coax to the 
connector, but given the short size and low frequency (10 Mhz) it's 
probably not a concern.

So, I probably did something bad to the magic Mu metal annealing by 
drilling a hole, but it's as far as I could get over on the digital side 
of the brass divider.   At this point I have nothing calibrated that I 
can measure the device with and see if there's any small magnetic 
influence, but perhaps someday I will, or maybe someone else would like 
to compare with another device sometime.

It might have been possible to re-purpose a pin from the existing RS232 
connector, and perhaps others who buy this same run of device may want 
to investigate that.


Bruce Griffiths wrote:
> Leigh L. Klotz, Jr WA5ZNU wrote:
>> So far I've seen
>> http://www.dd1us.de/Downloads/precise%20reference%20frequency%20rev%200_4.pdf
> If the case is Mu metal or similar then the  modification shown in the
> above article will likely destroy its magnetic shielding properties
> (unless its annealed in a hydrogen atmosphere at 400C for several hours
> after machining).

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